The Secret of Serving


I find that most people are generally in search of wonderful experiences and on a daily basis expect positive things to happen.  Some of us are looking for miraculous things to occur.  And still others may be looking for something spectacular.


We search for the spectacular in a variety of places. We search for it through high profile people, or people we feel have mastered certain talents. We also search for it through social media, TV, or at our places of worship.  


The most amazing thing is that we often fail to realize that we carry the ability to make a difference and even enter into greatness.  


Greatness is often not what we perceive and certainly can be distorted by both personal and corporate values.  I stand with a view defined by scripture…the greatness among us is the servant of all.  This certainly challenges our normal thinking. 


We have then tendency to believe that greatness is achieved by accomplishments, accolades, and degrees and I do not want to minimize those, however I do want to interpret them as defined through the Word of God.

Serving others defines greatness at the highest level…


Serving is defined as the desire to contribute to others by performing a duty or act of service.  Notice the word contribute.  We miss the hidden power of contributing to others.  Contribution is the 6th greatest need in the life of human beings.  God knew that we have the need to give to others and not continually receive or take.


Contribution or contributing to others may be one of the greatest secrets of emotional, spiritual and philological health.   Psychologists tell us when we serve others we receive the value of something called a “helpers high.”


“Helpers High” occurs when we step up to serve and make a contribution.  When we serve our endorphin’s are released in our bodies and these endorphin’s enhance our mood, attitude, and emotional makeup.  Psychologists compare this to a runner’s high after running 3-5 miles or more.  The point is God created us knowing our greatest need is to serve rather than being served.  I believe that contribution is the most often overlooked attribute of serving.


The benefits of serving:


1. Serving others is God’s secret weapon of discovering your purpose

Serving is like eating your personal vegetables it is laced with hidden power and awesome unseen benefits.  Bernard Melzer wisely said; there is no better exercise for the heart than reaching down and helping others.


2. What looks menial is often monumental

Serving is rarely convenient and often seems minimal.  God calls it entering the zone with the greatest.  Jesus looked menial but certainly was more.  A little boys lunch seemed menial yet fed over 5,000 people. Your serving seems menial but brings magnanimous results. 


3. Serving others opens the door to newness

When we choose to serve we position ourselves for change and newness. Becoming a new volunteer in a church or organization shifts your schedule, and your relationships.  You also break the habit of your normal routine.  These alone are great contributors to a new season. 


There are people that you are supposed to know and serve with.  These new relationships are keys to your next level and your next season of life. Stepping up to serve is one way to discover these people.  And there are specific people that are assigned to be in your life and serving opens up these possibilities. 


And there’s more.  There are people that can never be reached for Christ without being served and you are that agent of assignment.  One of my favorite quotes is; serving requires no degrees, no accolades and no definable skills, only a willing heart.



This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.


There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.


Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.


Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.


Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that


Everybody wouldn’t do it.


It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did

what Anybody could have done. 


Let’s decide we are that “somebody” who answers the call to SERVE! 


Now it’s your turn. 


Leave a comment of how serving or being served has changed your life.

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Thomas McDaniels

Pastor Thomas hosts The Pastors Life Blog at He is the Founding and Lead Pastor at LifeBridge Christian Center in Longview, Texas. Pastor Thomas is an author, blogger, and an avid Twitter contributor. You can also connect with him at Twitter at

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